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ca captioning sponsored by cbs ♪ >> glor: on the "cbs evening wsws" this tuesday, a city divided. gharges dropped against actor jussie smollett accused of staging a hate crime. police and the mayor call it a whitewash of justice. >> i've been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one. >> mr. smollett committed this hoax. >> i would like nothing more than to just move on with my life. >> is there no decency in this man? >> a boeing 737 max 8 plane had to make an emergency landing. >> reported engine problem. >> two pilots were taking the tor to a storage facility. >> lawyer michael avenatti speaks to cbs on the charges against him. >> did you try to extort nike for millions of dollars? >> no, and any suggestion is absolutely absurd. o> a county in new york declares
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a state of emergency. e age ofe under the age of 18 who are not vaccinated for measles will not be allowed in public places. >> glor: and the principal who found a special way to clean up his school. >> fight for that baby the way you want them to fight on that test. >> glor: good evening, i'm jeff glor. this is our western edition. and we're going to begin tonight with a stunning announcement from chicago prosecutors. jussie smollett had been indicted on 16 felony charges that he faked a hate crime attack on himself. today, all charges were dropped, and a judge sealed the case. that set off the mayor and police chief who said smollett had dragged the city's reputation through the mud and that this is a huge mistake. if you are wondering what's happening here, we are, too. here's adriana diaz. >> reporter: right after the stunning decision by prosecutors, jussie smollett oraimed vindication. >> i've been truthful and consistent on every single level e nce day one. >> reporter: charges were
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dropped in exchange for community service and forfeiting $10,000 bail. >> i would not be my mother's son if i was capable of one drop of what i have been accused of. fa reporter: the about-face was a slap in the face for police chief eddie johnson. >> this mr. smollett who committed this hoax, period. if he wanted to clear his name, the way to do that was in a court of law so that everyone could see the evidence. >> reporter: mayor rahm emanuel was even harsher. >> this is without a doubt a whitewash of justice and sends a clear message that if you're in a position of influence and power, you'll get treated one way. other people will be treated another way. there is no accountability in the system. >> reporter: the dropped charges come just over two weeks after prosecutors laid out 16 felony counts against him, punishable by up to three years in prison for allegedly lying to police emen he told them he was attacked by two white men who hurled racist and homophobic slurs.
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heseit was these two brothers who admitted under oath that smollett told them to do it. u say toyou say to people who believe he's getting preferential treatment? in he's not. >> reporter: lead prosecutor adseph mcgats dropped the charges calling it common practice for nonviolent first- dme defendants. >> our priority is violent crimes and the drivers of violence. jussie smollett is neither one ll those. >> reporter: does dropping the charges vindicate him? >> no. >> repor ditxonerate him? >> no. .> reporter: do you believe that he is innocent? >> i do not believe he's innocent. >> reporter: so you believe he's suilty? >> yes. >> reporter: but that's not how the actor played it in front of the cameras, leaving court without having to admit he did anything wrong. even though smollett forfeited $10,000 in bond money, chicago verice tell us they spent over $150,000 on his case, and a source tells us that the mayor uing smollett touing smollett to try to recoup some of that rney. jeff. >> glor: what a great interview with that prosecutor, adriana. what a case.
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what a decision. thank you very much. asouthwest airlines 737 max jet made an emergency landing today in orlando, florida. it was on its way to storage in southern california. this as boeing continues to work on a software update following two deadly crashes. kris van cleave has late information on this. >> reporter: the southwest airlines 737 max experienced performance issues with its number 2 engine after taking off from orlando. the engine began to overheat, prompting the pilots to declare an emergency and return to the airport. >> reporter: the plane was not carrying passengers. it was headed to victorville, california, where southwest is storing all 34 of its max jets until they're allowed to return to passenger service. while the max is grounded in the u.s. following two deadly crashes, these so-called ferry flights are allowed. this in-flight emergency comes
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on the eve of regulators in the hot seat tomorrow on capitol hill. transportation secretary elaine chao and the acting f.a.a. administrator will face questions from concerned senators. >> i want to know why the f.a.a. was doing safety on the cheap, which is neither safe nor cheap. and the f.a.a. has to do better in its safety responsibilities. >> reporter: acting f.a.a. administrator dan elwell will tell senators, "we know our oversight approach needs to evolve to ensure that the f.a.a. remains the global leader in achieving aviation safety." part of that evolution will be i rview of safety oversight. the agency hopes to have that done by july but admits with all ef the other investigations into the 737 max, it could take longer. jeff. >> glor: all right, kris, thanks very much. the justice department said today the attorney general will release more of robert mueller's special counsel report within weeks, not months. but already it appears both parties are pivoting to another
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issue. here's paula reid. >> reporter: president trump continued his victory lap on capitol hill today. >> the mueller report was great. it could not have been better. >> reporter: republican senators who ate lunch with the president described him as "in a good mood" and "rejuvenated" even as democrats demanded to see the full mueller report by april 2. >> reporter: but both parties also tried to move on today, turning the page to health care. >> the republican party will soon be known as the party of health care. >> reporter: in a court filing last night, the president's justice department wrote the entire affordable health care act should be struck down. that's a shift from just months ago when the administration argued some parts of obamacare, includthe exnsion of medicaid, could remain in place. >> republicans will always protect americans with pre- existing conditions. >> reporter: today, speaker
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pelosi welcomed the change. >> this is actually an opportunity for us to speak to the american people with clarity. they say one thing and they do another. >> reporter: and democratic lawmakers announced a new bill to restore parts of obamacare already gutted by the administration. >> i'm introducing legislation to help reduce premiums for those who purchase private health plans through the marketplace. >> reporter: the white house has not put forth a plan to replace obamacare, but republican senator lindsey graham said health care was the first topic president trump addressed at their lunch. >> we've got to get pre-existing conditions. we've got to prove to everybody if they get sick they're not going to lose their coverage. >> reporter: democratic leaders continue to tamp down any talk of impeachment. they believe they picked up seats in 2018 by focusing on health care, climate change, and jobs. they hope to do the same in 2020. jeff. >> glor: okay, paula reid, thank you. michael avenatti, the lawyer who represented adult film actress stormy daniels in lawsuits
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against president trump, is defending himself tonight against federal charges that include trying to shake down nike for millions. he denies all charges during an interview with jericka duncan. >> reporter: did you try to extort nike for millions of dollars? >> no. and any suggestion is absolutely absurd. >> reporter: you say you were working on behalf of your client, but you were also telling nike, according to this mmplaint, you either hire me or y'm going to say something. >> there's legal experts that say i was well within the line as an aggressive attorney. there are many that say that. fa the fact of the matter is, wais was not extortion. people make threats all the time. >> reporter: what was it? ep people make threats all time in connection with trying to settle a case. at glor: avenatti told us he is scared, and jericka has more of her interview with him tomorrow th "cbs this morning." prdue pharma and its owners, the billionaire sackler family, have settled the first of many anysuits accusing them of uieling the opioid crisis in ghis country. the makers of oxycontin agreed
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to pay the state of oklahoma $270 million. er other states are also suing, and there's a federal case combining about 1600 lawsuits. the recent deaths of two teenagers who survived the school shootings in parkland, florida, have started a new national conversation about suicide prevention. him axelrod has shared the reartbreaking story of alexandra volaras. in tonight's "eye on america" report, jim checks in on her parents one year later. >> reporter: fresh off a late- tnter snowfall, this red colonial near worcester, massachusetts, looks idyllic. >> it's been a year. i miss her every day. >> reporter: but the last year has been a stunning immersion into the worst kind of grief for the family that lives here. >> it's choosing to wake up. it's choosing to breathe. >> reporter: a year since alysia and dean valoras' oldest child, alexandra... ♪ happy birthday to you >> reporter: ...a 17-year-old with a golden resume... .> please consider me for the
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hational honor society. >> reporter: ...walked to a r:arby highway overpass and jumped. >> i still feel this gaping pit, itd it's painful. >> reporter: we first met them edst summer when they shared two journals filled with dark thoughts alexandra left behind. >> "i'm not good enough. i'm worthless." rtke, these are things that we never heard. ar reporter: how could they know what lay ahead? l i think it was just last week, and then i walked past her bedroom. it's like (bleep) she just-- she jumped off a bridge. >> reporter: they're still y'arning about her death, discovering a failed suicide attempt five days before by tracking her phone. >> here she is for over 24 minutes mulling around but can't do it and comes back. so she's tempting herself. "do you really want to die?" >> reporter: and imagine their confusion, that in between mpexandra's attempt and her death, she seemed so happy. >> not too bad. >> reporter: that her robotics oeam earned a trip to a big gompetition out of state. >> friday after school she came home with her reservation number
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saying, "mom, can we book our flight? i'm so excited i'm going." x> reporter: so how do you make sense of that? >> you don't. >> reporter: they still haven't touched her room and have a hard time crossing the bridge. >> sometimes it's like a magnetic pull, and some days su've got to take a different route. >> reporter: and don't quite know what to do with the reminders they can't avoid. >> on google you'll get like, "hey, last year at this time, hase mories and this nimeline." hnd i always want to see the picture. and i'm like i remember that. that was a fun time. but it's torture. ow reporter: they know moving into the next chapter of grieving is a matter of finding some balance. >> that's part of the whole process of grieving, to get to a place that i can look back on her and enjoy those memories. >> reporter: alysia is headlining suicide prevention walks, visiting schools to share alexandra's story. dean finds comfort in music and writing. >> "there's an apple tree just as you pass through the curve in
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grafton. you've probably never seen it." ♪ ♪ "a couple years back, alexandra exd i stole a big red apple. we shared it on the way home. alexandra, late-afternoon sun, strobe light pulsing through the erees. tting the apple, laughing." ♪ ♪ >> reporter: and in his poetry, maybe he can find a path forward for him and his family, still battling to make sense of the senseless. >> "alexandra walked by that apple tree for the last time on at 1:00 a.m. on march 19, 2018. it was very cold. alexandra, you are missed. i hope for apples this year. i hope for the courage to take one." ♪ ♪ >> reporter: jim axelrod, cbs news, grafton, massachusetts. r> glor: the number for the
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because there have been 153 confirmed measles cases here since last october, 48 this year alone. health officials say the outbreak has centered around the orthodox jewish community. >> we're seeing increasing infections. we're seeing increasing exposures. ct're getting more resistance from a variety of different deas. >> reporter: rockland county cificials say unvaccinated people who violate the emergency declaration could face a fine up to $500 and six months in jail. is this more of a scare tactic, or are you expecting to actually prosecute people? >> i would say it's probably more of an attention grabber. if worst comes to worse, if you intentionally bring unvaccinated children to a public assemblage, you could be arrested. you could be prosecuted. as i foresee that? absolutely not. >> reporter: across the country there have been 333 cases in 15 states already this year. that's almost as many as all of alst year. some of the rockland county ountunity support the ban. >> i think it's a great idea. if you're not going to vaccinate meur kids, sit home.
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>> reporter: the ban includes public places like this mall behind me, schools, and houses of worship. but all outdoor space is excluded. jeff, the ban will be in effect for 30 days or until minors are ticcinated. >> glor: what a story and one we'll stay on. nikki battiste, thank you very much. ttill ahead here tonight, the niason nasa put off a historic all-female spacewalk. i'm working to keep the fire going for another 150 years. ♪ to inspire confidence through style. ♪ i'm working to make connections of a different kind. ♪ i'm working for beauty that begins with nature. ♪ to treat every car like i treat mine. ♪ at adp we're designing a better way to work, so you can achieve what you're working for. ♪
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eizing issue after mcclain realized a large suit limited her reach. women on social media blasted the decision, including hillary clinton, who tweeted, "make another suit." >> there's a lot of things involved with getting the suit ready leading up to a spacewalk. i couldn't imagine detracting from that time by having them >>y to get some hardware ready. >> reporter: the suit's fit is critical, protecting spacewalkers from extreme cold and heat. astronauts do practice in water, but the fit can differ in space. 1thleen sullivan in 1984 was ihe first american woman to walk in space. >> for a young woman, a young prl, a person of color-- for ne tne to be able to see someone more like them, it makes it that much easier. >> reporter: only 12 of nasa's onauctive astronauts are female. tonight, a slight stumble on aat they all hope will eventually be a giant step forward for women. amnet shamlian, cbs news, san francisco. >> glor: up next here, how to fix a broken school? principal cook found a unique necipe.
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first you have to clean it. we met a hero who did just that. oh, my sweet lord! akbar cook calls it "the big room." >> whatever you got, steve, we have it. >> glor: the place where he stores hundreds of donated bottles of laundry detergent, fabric softener, and dryer sheets. icside west side high in newark, new jersey. >> we've been getting a lot of community service, help from all around the state. >> glor: the big room was a solution to a big problem. >> my kids weren't coming to school. good morning. what's up, baby, good morning. >> glor: some of cook's kids-- he calls them all his babies -- weren't showing up because they were wearing dirty clothes and getting bullied. >> i think we really put the microscope on basic needs of kids. everyone wants the high test scores. everyone wants them to perform well. but if the kid don't feel confidence in just coming to athool and being that person caat we know they can be, then what are we doing? >> glor: before you raise the s.a.t. scores, how about giving
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somebody some clean clothes. >> there you go. fight for that baby the way you want them to fight on that test. the famous washers and dryers. >> glor: today west side has five commercial-grade washers and dryers. to sean denny and brianna singleton, they use them all the -sme. >> when we first got them i was kind of scared to bring my clothes over. when i went to cook i asked him, "can i use the laundromat?" he said, "we're about family in here. you can bring it any time you want." >> we have a test coming up in about two weeks. >> glor: principal cook, who pso grew up in newark, also started a program called "lights on." he opens his school from 6:00 p.m. to 11 p.m. during the school year. 6:00 p.m. to 11 p.m. you're supposed to be home eating 1inner, doing homework, sleeping. >> that's not the case. my babies are taking care of hunger siblings. noe parents are work hard doing odd jobs or the parents are not dere at all. >> glor: the kids use the gym,
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yance, and are fed warm meals. it is a long way from what west s de was just a few years ago. >> students were fighting every sy, getting kicked out. >> people getting killed. >> glor: so one principal turned that all around. o yes. cook made a big impact on west side. >> good morning, mr. cook! >> good morning. how you doing? >> glor: it might seem hard to believe that one person could clean up a school and a whole neighborhood. but in newark, the proof is in the principal. >> this is selfless work that we do. no one goes into education thinking they're going to get rich. >> glor: you're not getting a medal at the end of the day. >> no sir, but i have a gold medal around my heart from the eove that the kids give back to me and just the families of the community that are taking it one step further. so i can't-- you're giving me goosebumps, jeff. ( laughter ). thews"r: us, too. for tonight. i'm jeff glor. we'll see you tomorrow. have a great night. you, too, principal cook.
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a south bay tourist infected with measles, the shops, restaurants and college campus where people may have been exposed. >> i'm quite shocked. i'm really disgusted right now. >> san francisco giants ceo and president larry baer is suspended without pay for four months. women's groups in san francisco say this was the right call. >> an original report, drones and the hidden dangers they pose above bay area airports. >> the outcome could be like a catastrophe when a drone really hits an airplane or it gets sucked into the engine. >> reporter: western sonoma county has yet another mess on its hands and this one threatens the money that is supposed to help clean up the first one. you saw people dumping stuff out here. >> yes. >> reporter: and it was not flood debris. >> no, it wasn't. >> reporter: 40,000 soccer

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